As I investigated America’s culture wars from Jefferson to Obama, I found that they follow a predictable pattern. They tend to start on the right, with conservatives anxious about some cultural change. Yet conservatives almost always lose, because they lash themselves to lost causes. That’s how this latest round in our culture wars is likely to conclude, too. If you fear (as I do) what a President Trump might do, remember that the promise to build a Mexico-financed border wall or to ban Muslims from entering the country are as lost as causes can be.
I feel like I should also point out that it took Hillary Clinton until 2013 to start supporting gay marriage. Republicans aren’t the only ones lashing themselves to losing causes – they’re just even slower at flipping to the winning side.